Already made your New Year’s Resolutions? That’s the easy part done, now it’s time to stick to it and see it through! Over half of New Year’s Resolutions often end in demise but that doesn’t mean yours has to. The following steps can help you achieve your dream and improve your life by; creating a plan on how to reach your New Years goals and becoming apart of the small percentage that successfully achieve their goal!Firstly, you need to make sure you pick the right resolution for yourself. By setting a goal that’s doable and meaningful to you, you’re giving yourself the best shot at achieving it. Whether this be a short-term goal that leads you up to your initial goal or it be your New Years resolution in general.
Resolutions can be tricky and seem far too difficult for most by the end of even the first month of the year. In order to succeed in your goals, you need to first take away the potential errors that can come with your goal such as;
- If your resolution is too vague
- If its created due to what someone else is telling you to change (Your goals should be made for your personal benefit and gain and not made from what others or society tells you what you need to do)
- You don’t have a realistic approach for achieving your resolution.
Your resolution needs to be 100% clear, in creating a successful goal you need to solidify your goal down to the ‘nittie gritties’. For example; instead of vaguely identifying that your goal is to “Start going to the gym” you need to have a more defined and concrete goal; “How many times a week do you want to go to the gym?” “What are your reasons for going to the gym?”. It needs to be precise and achievable for you to continue out your New Year’s Resolution.
Having an attainable goal doesn’t mean that you can’t have long-term goals but attempting to run before you can walk can often leave you frustrated, or affect other areas of your life in which your resolution takes over and both yourself and close family and friends can spiral. For example, if your goal is to save for your first home in only 3 months’ time is your goal, it’s most likely not very realistic, but putting away and extra $200 a month for a deposit may be.
Measuring your goal throughout the process might seem like and obvious one for resolutions such as; weight loss or fitness, however it’s also important if you’re trying to cut something out of your life. Logging process along the way can reinforce your progress no matter what your resolution can be. For example, if you were trying to cut coffee out of your life you might take down each day how many cups of coffee you removed from your day in comparison to what your previous amount would have been.
Having the timeline toward achieving your goal needs to be realistic, this means giving yourself the appropriate amount of time. Setting up short-terms goals as intervals for your long-term goal can be the most realistic approach to achieving your final goal. Paying attention to the smaller goals makes for an easier progression into your newly desired habit.
Does your New Year’s Resolution really matter to you and are you choosing this goal for the correct reasons? If you do it out of self-hate or remorse, it usually won’t last very long. However, if you create the goal and build up the process where you’re thinking genuinely about what’s best for you, you’ll begin to change the structure of your life.
In summary your goals need to be; precise, attainable, measurable, time-bound and appropriate for it to be possible. Create a resolution that’s fit for you and made from your ideas and not someone else’s ideas of you.